fantasy premier league best fixtures GW1 – a fixture ease schedule for attacking players and defensive players


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Here’s our fantasy premier league best fixtures GW1 with a fixture ease schedule where we look at the teams with the best fixtures from an attacking players and a defensive players perspective for the first 6 gameweeks.

fantasy premier league best fixtures GW1 – a fixture ease schedule for attacking players and defensive players

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Introduction

Last season I used the official fantasy premier league fixture difficulty ranking as the base for my fixture ease articles. This schedule divided fixtures up into 4 categories without distinguishing between teams attacking and defensive capabilities.

So for example to give the same ranking for the Arsenal and Bournemouth attack and defence didn’t seem to work for me as they both had good attacks but poor defence.

So I’ve started working on my own fixture ease schedule based on my own calculations. Here’s a bit of background on methodology

Methodology

The idea is to have 2 fixture ease schedules. One will rank the teams by the ease of the opposition defences they face over the upcoming games. That will be called the attackers fixture ease schedule.

The 2nd will rank the teams by the ease of the attacking teams they face. This will be called the defenders fixture ease schedule.

I have done this by looking at the goals scored last season to rank attacking teams and goals conceded last season to rank defensive teams on a home and away basis. I’ve then applied a factor against the average goals home and away. I have adjusted some of the factors if a team over or under performed their expected goals by a considerable margin but that was only in a low number of cases. For the promoted teams I have tried to find a proxy team from 18/19 teams and used their data. You can see my article on the promoted teams if you’re interested in more information on their form in the Championship. I’ve also made subjective adjustments for transfer activity.

At the moment there are no “perception” adjustments. So for example Arsenal were terrible away last season defensively (ranked 15th in goals conceded away) and Man Utd were also pretty ordinary in goals conceded home and away ( ranked 10th home and away in goals conceded). I have not given them a discretionary positive “bump” for being a top 6 team.  However I have made a subjective adjustment for their signings of Maguire and Wan Bissaka.  I have a fixture graphic below which I’ve colour coded for difficulty. It is just to improve the visual aspect of the schedule and the factors I’ve talked about above, rather than the just the colours, are basis for calculation.

 A fixture ease schedule for attacking players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the first 6 gameweeks.  There’s player suggestions and last seasons PPM next to them



fantasy premier league best fixtures GW1

Best 6 teams 

Liverpool

Salah Mid £12.5m, 6.8 points per match

Firmino Fwd £9.5m 4.7 PPM

Manchester City

Sterling Mid £12.0m 6.9 PPM

Bernardo Silva Mid  £8.0m  4.3 ppm

D Silva Mid £7.5m 4.3 PPM

De Bruyne Mid £9.5m 3.1 PPM

Everton

Sigurdsson Mid £8.0m 4.8 PPM

Moise Kean Fwd £7.0m new player see article

Brighton

Trossard Mid £6.0m new player see article

Manchester United

Good fixtures after first 2

Martial Mid £7.5m PPM 4.5

Rashford Fwd £8.5m PPM 3.9

James Mid £6.0m new player see article

West Ham

Good fixtures after GW1

Haller Fwd £7.5m  new player see article

Felipe Anderson Mid £7.0m PPM 4.3

Lanzini Mid £6.5m PPM 3.1

Defensive players fixture ease schedule

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the attacking teams they face over the first 6 gameweeks.  There’s player suggestions and last seasons PPM next to them

fantasy premier league best fixtures GW1




Everton

Digne Def £6.0m PPM 4.5

C Palace

Dann Def £4.5m PPM 2.3

Van Aanholt Def £5.5m PPM 3.9

Guaita GK £5.0M PPM 4.0

Liverpool

Alisson GK £6.0m PPM 4.6

Alexander Arnold Def £7.0m PPM 6.4

Robertson Def £7.0m PPM 5.9

Van Dijk Def £6.5m PPM 5.5

Bournemouth

Ake Def £5.0m PPM 3.2

A Smith Def £4.5m PPM 2.8

Burnley

Pope GK £4.5m (didn’t play last season)

Lowton Def £4.5m PPM 1.6

Brighton

Ryan GK £4.5m PPM 3.1

Duffy Def £5.0m PPM 3.3

Dunk £4.5m PPM 2.5

Montoya £4.5m 1.8

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8 thoughts on “fantasy premier league best fixtures GW1 – a fixture ease schedule for attacking players and defensive players”

  1. PLease help my simple and close to imploding brain. ………would you rather have…

    A.) Dendocker and Siggy

    OR

    B.) Perez and Barkley

    Team and it stands:

    Lloris

    VVD / ROBBO / DIGNE / ZINCHENCKO

    FRASER / SALAH / STERLING / _____ / ______

    KING / GREENWOOD / __________

    • A for me, I love Perez but siggy with much better fixtures early on. A lot of love coming Barkley’s way but I wanna see CHL for a few weeks first.

    • You possibly have bigger problems if you’re playing 451 with King as your only forward and I’m guessing not much on the bench

  2. Great resource – thanks.
    As well as showing last season’s PPM for each player, do you think you could show the Proj
    Pts stats from your Player Rankings pages instead? As that would give a current metric rather than last seasons.

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